Why are you coaching/how did you start coaching?
I was drawn to coaching through my love of bikes, and my own experiences as student on a similar type of team. All in all, bikes have had a huge impact on my own life and I want to share that with others!
How long have you been involved?
This will be my fourth year with the Whatcom Composite Team – time sure has flown by!
What do you like best about it?
Being outside with others, being part of a group of like-minded people and experiencing the joy of riding together. I love to see the progression of all our riders throughout the season.
What’s the hardest or most challenging part about it?
Growing the team. Slowly but surely our ridership increases each year. We’re always trying to recruit more girls!
How have you seen the League’s mission fulfilled through your work?
My favorite aspect is seeing students connect with each other. Over the years we’ve seen friendships form, and once the summer comes students continue to ride with each other – that’s the best!
Why do you think this program is important for students?
It provides a much-needed alternative to ‘traditional’ school sports. There are many aspects of riding bikes that build character, strength and self-sufficiency in addition to building community.
How has coaching impacted you and/or the rest of your life?
Being a part of the Whatcom Composite Team is being a part of a unique community that consists of students, coaches and volunteers that all have a common interest. It’s a vibrant and inspiring group!
What advice would you give to someone considering coaching?
I think some people shy away from volunteering with our team because they have limited coaching experience. There are many ways to be involved with a team, and you don’t need to be an expert or go too far out of your comfort zone to be a part! I love the accessibility of that.
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